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'When you hear a siren...pray': Christian Police Association respond to latest crime stats

Official figures show forces in England and Wales registered a total of 5.6 million offences in the year to June.

This was a rise of nine per cent compared with the previous twelve months.

The stats include a 14 percent rise in murders and a twelve percent jump in offences involving a knife.

Labour described the ONS statistics as "truly shocking" and accused the Tories of "failing in their duty to protect the public and keep our citizens safe" but policing minister Nick Hurd said: "This government is determined to tackle all types of crime - and although the chance of being a victim remains low, we are taking decisive action in a number of areas.

"To combat serious violence our strategy addresses the root causes of crime, with a focus on early intervention and we have announced a new £200m Youth Endowment Fund to support young people at risk of involvement in crime.

"On top of this, we are consulting on a public health approach to serious violence and giving police extra powers to tackle knife crime through our Offensive Weapons Bill.

"We also recognise the demand on police, which is why the Home Secretary has said he will prioritise police funding in the Spending Review."

While acknowledging the difficulties currently facing police officers, Lee Russell, executive director of the Christian Police Association told Premier believers across the country have a role to play.

He said: "If you hear a siren or hear a blue light - stop and pray for ten seconds.

"Pray for those people who are responding to someone in need and pray for the person who's called as they'll be vulnerable.

"It doesn't cost anything for us to spend those ten seconds praying."

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